G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”
Albert Einstein: “I am content in my later years. I have kept my good humor and take neither myself nor the next person seriously.” (To P. Moos, March 30, 1950. Einstein Archives 60-587)
Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”
Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”
John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."
Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”
विलास सारंग: "… इ. स. 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Today September 24 2015 is Eid al-Adha / Bakr-Eid
"स चाशीर्वादमर्हति- महंमद सर्वांचा आशीर्वाद इच्छितात. म्हणतात की श्रद्धावंत हो, महंमदाला शांती आणि शरणता प्राप्त होण्यासाठी आशीर्वाद द्या. ही नम्रता आहे. ज्यांच्यापाशी लोक आशीर्वादासाठी जातात तेच सर्वांच्या आशीर्वादाची याचना करीत आहेत. ही फार मोठी गोष्ट आहे."
(कुराण-सार, c 1962)
Monday, September 21, 2015
"Schrödinger's microbe: physicists plan to put living organism in two places at once- A radical demonstration of quantum theory could see a bacterium suspended in an uncertain state similar to that famously endured by Schrödinger’s cat...
Stephen G. Brush, 'Should the History of Science Be Rated X?':
" My concern in this article is with the possible dangers of using the history of science in science education. I will examine arguments that young and impressionable students at the start of a
scientific career should be shielded from the writings of contemporary science historians for reasons similar to the one mentioned above-namely, that these writings do violence to the professional ideal and public image of scientists as rational, open-minded investigators,
proceeding methodically, grounded incontrovertibly in the outcome of controlled experiments, and
seeking objectively for the truth, let the chips fall where they may..."
"Science can advance human knowledge, it cannot make humanity cherish truth. Like the Christians of former times, scientists are caught up in the web of power; they struggle for survival and success; their view of the world is a patchwork of conventional beliefs. Science cannot bring ‘miracle, mystery and authority’ to humankind, if only because – like those who served the Church in the past – its servants are all too human."
Neil Gussman with Sarah Reisert:
"...Of course there has been a trend recently in scientific biographies to talk about lust in the lives of their subjects. We all know now that Einstein would not be named husband of the century. Erwin Schrödinger, known for the thought experiment "Schrödinger's Cat," created the Schrödinger equation, central to quantum mechanics, on a winter semester break. At the time he was having an affair with twin young women in one of his classes. He took one twin to the Alps and came back with the equation..."
...He took twin to the Alps.....
now my caption to the cartoon below would be:
"oh! Like in the previous room, he too is Erwin Schrödinger...One of them got the Nobel prize..."
Artist: Michael Ffolkes (1925-1988), The New Yorker, June 9 1980
Friday, September 18, 2015
Robert Dowling has written a book 'Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts', 2014. It has been much reviewed.
In February 2015, John Lahr- author of much lauded 'Tennessee Williams', 2014- has reviewed it for London Review of Books.
Mr. Lahr writes:
"...O’Neill was a rangy handsome man who looked out at his bleak world with large haunted eyes. ‘They were the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen in my whole life. They were like wells; you fell into them,’ the 26-year-old Ingrid Bergman said, who had had a success in a San Francisco production of Anna Christie but wouldn’t let O’Neill lure her away from her film ambitions..."
Now, by some coincidence, GA too was an admirer of Ms. Bergman! GA mentions her a few times in his letters.
In a letter dated April 12 1980 to Ms. Sunita Deshpande (सुनिता देशपांडे ), he writes:
"...मी Garboचा एकच, 'Ninotechka' हा चित्रपट पाहिला, पण अनेक stills पाहिले आहेत. Ingrid Bergman देखील अविस्मरणीय आहे…."
[...I have see just one feature of (Greta) Garbo- Ninotechka (1939) but have seen her many snaps. Ingrid Bergman too is unforgettable...]
Elsewhere he recalls a Marathi article (by Mr. Deshpande?), on Ms. Bergman, he had loved.
Did GA know this Bergman's admiration of O’Neill? Would he have felt jealous of O’Neill if he knew it?
Monday, September 14, 2015
courtesy: The Simpsons
Thursday, September 10, 2015
And now enjoy this cartoon on the same theme from 2014:
Artist: P C Vey, The New Yorker, 2014